Processing Magazine

Supreme Court rejects limits on drug lawsuits

March 4, 2009
The Supreme Court has upheld a $6.7 million jury award to a musician who lost her arm because of a botched injection of an anti-nausea medication, according to the Associated Press. The court brushed away a plea that would limit lawsuits against drug makers. In a 6-3 decision, the court rejected Wyeth Pharmaceuticals'' claim that federal approval of its Phenergan anti-nausea drug should have shielded the company from lawsuits like the one filed by Diana Levine of Vermont. The decision is the second this term that rejected business groups'' arguments that federal regulation effectively pre-empts consumer complaints under state law.